Can I press bullying charges?

Asked over 1 year ago - Elkton, MD

I am an 18 year old a senior in highschool. Going on four months I have been bullied by a particular individual(minor), name calling, threats it has now gone as far as my house being vandalized. We've ( mother and I) talked to the police and the school administrators, they keep telling us there is nothing that can be done. A peace order was brought up but no additional details were given. Can we sue for harassment? Due to the vandalism of my home I am starting to feel unsafe, and the constant name calling at school is getting in between me and my school work. please help .

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  1. Bennett James Wills

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    Answered . There's not really a cause of action for harassment apart from a peace order. Peace orders are fairly simple to get and the hearings usually don't take long. Go to your local district court in the county in which you reside, fill out some paperwork, and you'll see a judge that day. The judge has the ability to issue a temporary order based on what you say. Then the sheriff will serve the order on the defendant and you'll have to go back, usually about a week later, and have a final hearing. At this final hearing, the judge has the ability to extend the order for up to 6 months and in some cases longer and has broad discretion on the terms of the peace order. This is probably the best route for you, especially if there's vandalism involved. Any breach of a peace order is a crime and the defendant can be arrested.

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  2. Brandy Ann Peeples

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    Answered . My colleague is correct. I'll also add that is the perpetrator of the harassment is a juvenile, you must go through the department of juvenile services for a peace order.

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